The age of university-building was as well the golden age of the college. Attending college was popular and fashionable through the time period which ranged from 1890 to 1920. Obtaining a bachelor's degree was a way for newly rich families to improve their social position.
Sum up the concept of the 'Collegiate Ideal' which arose between 1890 and1920. Consider how the 'college man' and/or 'college woman' was becoming an imposing figure in the American higher education at the end of the 19th century. How did this collegiate ideal help the undergraduate college population increase? Examine the political, cultural and economic factors which were beneficial and challenging to the stakeholders at higher education institutions.